Acupuncture

We use the Traditional Chinese Medicine of acupuncture to support your healing journey from every direction.

Overview

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used for over 4,000 years to promote healing naturally.

Acupuncture focuses on restoring natural energy, called Qi (pronounced “chee”), along pathways in the body called meridians.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, illness is caused by disruptions in these energy pathways. If your Qi is blocked, the flow of blood is stagnated, resulting in pain and illness. Chinese acupuncture works to balance the flow of Qi to organs, glands and body tissues.

Acupuncture activates the pathway between the nervous (nerve) system and endocrine (gland) system. Benefits of acupuncture may include:

  • Faster healing of muscle, bone and joint conditions
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Reduced pain and inflammation
  • Increased relaxation

During an acupuncture session, a certified acupuncturist inserts sterile, hair-thin needles into precise spots on your body. The procedure usually causes very little pain, with most people only noticing a small prick.

The Aurora Difference

Acupuncture at Aurora

Aurora doctors work closely with holistic specialists like acupuncturists to enhance your healing and performance. People come to us for acupuncture because we offer:

  • Multiple healing methods: In addition to standard acupuncture treatments, our acupuncturists also offer specialized Chinese medicine techniques for pain reduction. These methods include cupping, Gua Sha (scraping) and Tui Na, a hands-on bodywork technique.
  • Licensed experts: All of our acupuncturists are certified by the state of Wisconsin and follow National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) guidelines.
  • Comprehensive treatment: As one of the state’s largest health care organizations, we offer everything you need in a single, integrated system. Not only do we believe it should be easy for your care team to communicate with each other – we believe in treating the whole patient. In many cases, that means incorporating traditional medicine with more holistic remedies. Learn more about other integrative care treatments like massage therapy and chiropractic care.

What to Expect

Planning Your Acupuncture Treatment

The typical course of acupuncture includes 10 treatments, but you may start improving after just a couple visits. Your first visit will take about 90 minutes, with the rest of your appointments lasting 30 to 60 minutes. You don’t have to do anything special to prepare for your appointments.

Before you start your treatment, it’s important to check if acupuncture is covered by your insurance plan.

During Your Acupuncture Session

At the start of your session, your acupuncturist will tell you the area of the body they’ll focus on and whether you need to remove any clothing. You will lie on a padded table during treatment.

During the session, your acupuncturist will insert several hair-thin needles in strategic locations. Most people feel only a mild sensation. Your acupuncturist may move the needles gently, sometimes using heat and electrical stimulation to enhance therapy.

After about 20 minutes, your acupuncturist will remove the needles and dispose of them immediately.

Many people report excellent results, but acupuncture doesn’t work for everyone. Make sure you communicate with your orthopedist and primary care doctor about your acupuncture treatments.

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Locations

Locations That Offer Acupuncture

Brown County

Bay Care Clinic Pain & Rehab Medicine – Bay Park
2401 Holmgren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
920-288-8377

Milwaukee County

Aurora Health Center
3003 West Good Hope Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53209
414-352-3100

Aurora Wiselives Center
8320 W. Bluemound Road
Suite 125 A
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
414-302-3800

Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 North 12th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Physical Medicine & Rehab
(4th Floor, Easy Street)
414-219-5241

Milwaukee (Cont'd)

Aurora Women's Pavilion of Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227
414-978-3000

Aurora Health Center
1575 N Rivercenter Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53212
414-283-8444

Ozaukee

Aurora Health Center
12203 N. Corporate Pkwy.
Mequon, WI 53092
262-387-8200

Racine

Aurora Health Center
8400 Washington Avenue
Racine, WI 53406
262-321-3000

Washington

Aurora Health Center
W180N11070 River Ln
Germantown, WI 53022
262-532-8400

Waukesha

Aurora Health Center
16985 W. Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
262-641-8400

Winnebago County

Aurora Health Care
1136 Westowne Dr.
Neenah, WI 54956
920-720-8200

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